City Paper is not for tourists
Last year, political, current event-type movies garnered plenty of accolades: “United 93,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Queen,” and “Babel” all snagged Oscar noms. This year, Hollywood tried to replicate that buzz with a bunch of politically loaded movies, many of which were shot in D.C., like “Rendition” with Reese Witherspoon, “Lions for Lambs” with Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “In the Valley of Elah,” and “The Kingdom.”
Too bad for the producers of those films. This year was all about escapist cinema. “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” both snagged eight Oscar nominations—the most of any film—this morning. Both movies were shot in southwest Texas, which sort of looks like another planet and is one of the emptiest, most remote corners of the country. (I’ve been there; the drive took 10 hours.) Anyway, here are the noms:
BEST PICTURE “Atonement” (Focus Features) A Working Title Production Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster, Producers “Juno” (Fox Searchlight) A Dancing Elk Pictures, LLC Production Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick and Russell Smith, Producers “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) A Clayton Productions, LLC Production Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox and Kerry Orent, Producers “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) A JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Lupi, Producers
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount) Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” (Warner Independent) Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises” (Focus Features)
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (Universal) Julie Christie in “Away from Her” (Lionsgate) Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse) Laura Linney in “The Savages” (Fox Searchlight) Ellen Page in “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
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